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Ateknea helps Is It Fresh to revolutionise the food logistics sector

Did you know that an average of 180kg of food is wasted per person per year in the EU? Or that a third of the food produced globally goes to waste? A large part of this figure can be attributed to the misconception that food is spoiled when it reaches its expiration date. Since 2011, Is It Fresh has been working to create wireless sensor technology that can measure actual product freshness in real time.

The start-up has developed technology that combines the methods of printed electronics, functional inks, and roll-to-roll manufacturing to come up with a sophisticated tag for a cost of less than 1 cent. It is cheap enough to be integrated into every type of food packaging and can wirelessly deliver information about the origin, freshness, and remaining life of the product inside. This could allow the whole food supply chain to both track products with a unique ID and measure their actual freshness in real time, making informed decisions at every stage and vastly reducing food waste.

And now, with Ateknea’s help, they have been approved for Phase 2 level funding from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.

The technology will allow for more efficient – and more environmentally friendly – processing at every stage of the food value chain, from manufacturing to logistics, to retail, to consumer, with the potential for wide-ranging and significant improvements to the way in which we produce, distribute, and effectively manage food at a global scale.

 Ateknea worked with Is It Fresh to:

  • Prepare the documentation that helped Is It Fresh to achieve approval for Phase 2 funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.

And will now focus on the technological development of the project:

  • Delivering the source code and deploying a working system for the monitoring tool.
  • Providing an integrated and working Visual Inspection Tool able to detect any defects in the printed tags that could exclude them from being functional. This can include holes in a layer, dust particles, discontinuities, etc. The Visual Inspection Tool will be able to decide whether the tags must be discarded due to detected errors or, if the errors affect a non-critical area, they can still be used.

Ateknea and Is It Fresh will now work together on the development of the tool as well as its journey to market.

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Ateknea to collaborate with Amazon Web Services as a ‘Startup-enabling organization’

We are happy to announce that Ateknea Solutions will collaborate as a start-up enabling organization with Activate for Startups, a programme powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that supports innovative start-ups.

Amazon Web Services provides start-ups with the low cost, easy-to-use infrastructure that is needed to scale and grow businesses of all sizes. AWS Activate is a programme with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

As a “Startup-enabling organization” of Activate for Startups, Ateknea will be able to offer access to the AWS infrastructure to the qualifying start-ups in its portfolio.

A selected start-up will access one of the following packages for free:

  • The Portfolio package is designed for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and other startup-enabling organizations. Qualifying startups receive up to €15,000 in AWS promotional credit and other benefits.
  • The Portfolio Plus package is designed for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and other startup-enabling organizations. Qualifying startups can choose to receive up to €15,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 2 years or €100,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 1 year, along with other benefits.
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Bettair and FIWARE work to provide a better quality of life for citizens across the globe

FrontierCities2, a unique acceleration & innovation programme for FIWARE SMEs and start-ups, will help fund the development of FIWARE-powered smart-cities and smart mobility solutions in 45+ city environments throughout Europe.

As one of the grantees of the frontierCities2 programme and a powered-by-FIWARE solution, Bettair is contributing to the generation of smart solutions for city environments across Europe by providing cities with a cutting-edge IoT platform that allows them to map air pollution on a previously unimaginable scale, at a fraction of the price. For the first time, an IoT platform will help improve air quality in cities, one of the most threatening problems faced by cities in Europe and across the globe.

Want to learn more about FIWARE and how it’s helping companies like us develop cost-effective smart city solutions? Listen to Leonardo Santiago, Bettair’s CTO, talk about Bettair, FIWARE, and the benefits and solutions that they are bringing to society, from reducing air pollution to improving mobility, all on the FIWARE podcast: A fascinating discussion with Gregory Eve (GreenApes) and Justin D’Atri (AcoustiCity.io).

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